Not only is garlic known for its many therapeutic purposes, it also tastes fantastic and is a wonderful addition to many meals -think roasted garlic in melted brie, garlic prawns and even aioli! Growing garlic is a very easy and rewarding process, but you’ll need patience as it can take up to 8 months to mature. Purchase garlic bulbs from your local nursery to ensure they’re virus and disease free. You can purchase two types of garlic: hard or soft neck. Hard neck varieties are better suited to cool to cold areas, while soft neck grows best in warm temperate climates.


How to grow garlic in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot in the garden and enrich the soil by digging in Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.  
  2. Separate the individual cloves and push these into holes 2cm to 5cm deep and 10-20cm apart, ensuring the clove is pointy end up. Water in well and mulch lightly with an organic mulch, like pea or lucerne straw. 
  3. Water regularly throughout the growing season to keep soil moist, but not wet – you don’t want the bulbs to rot! 
  4. Feed twice in winter with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. Once spring hits and the weather warms, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  5. To harvest, wait until the flower has browned and died, then using a small trowel, gently lift from underneath and pull on the stem.

     
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How to grow garlic in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least 30-40cm in diameter. Position in a sunny spot and fill with Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  2. Separate the individual cloves and push these into holes 2cm to 5cm deep and 10-20cm apart, ensuring the clove is pointy end up. Water in well. 
  3. Water regularly throughout the growing season to keep soil moist, but not wet – you don’t want the bulbs to rot!  
  4. Feed twice in winter with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. Once spring hits and the weather warms, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  5. To harvest, wait until the flower has browned and died, then using a small trowel, gently lift from underneath and pull on the stem.

Growing tips

  • Garlic is happiest when planted in cool weather. Autumn is ideal for most zones.

  • Soil with a pH of around 5.5 to 7 (acidic to neutral) is ideal.

  • Mulch with a light open mulch to a depth of up to 10-20 cm.

  • After harvesting, remove soil and hang to dry out – this can take a couple of weeks.



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